Terminology Tuesday – Technology Transfer

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As we get closer to the big event in January, we realize that some of our partners and friends may not be familiar with some of the terminology used in discussing Invent for Humanity and Intellectual Property issues.

Introducing Terminology Tuesday – helping our followers to gain deeper insight into the goals of Invent for Humanity.

You lost me again. I know what technology is, and I know what “transfer” means, but what do they mean together?

Technology Transfer – The process of skill transferring, knowledge, technologies, methods of manufacturing, samples of manufacturing and facilities among governments and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users who can then further develop and exploit the technology into new products, processes, applications, materials or services. It is closely related to (and may arguably be considered a subset of) knowledge transfer.

So technology is transferred from the technology provider to the needs organization. What role does Invent for Humanity play in this process ?

Invent for Humanity is the point of connection between the technology provder and the needs organization. Invent for Humanity makes sure that the needs and solutions these groups provide are visible to the policymakers who have the power to address issues that are currently halting the efficient transfer of technology. Invent for Humanity is ensuring that more technologies that are made to help people in developing countries actually get to be deployed to the people that need them.